2012-13 Buffalo Sabres Annual: When Making It Rain Doesn't Work

Josh L.
August 23 2012 04:58PM

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The Sabres entered the 2012 season with high expectations. New owner Terry Pegula infused the franchise with cash which allowed management to add Christian Ehrhoff, Ville Leino, Robyn Regehr, and the contract of Ales Kotalik (he spent 2012 in the Czech Republic). The combined cap hit of the guys who stayed in the league (Ehrhoff, Leino, and Regehr) was $12.52 million.

Unfortunately, despite the injection of cash, the Sabres fell out of the playoffs.

Buffalo drank the poisonous cocktail of being soft, being terrible at faceoffs, and banking on big years from numerous guys with significantly elevated shooting percentages. Some red flags should have been obvious, but this is a team that was still too talented to end up where they did.

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2012-13 Boston Bruins Season Preview: Lots of promise without Thomas

Eric T.
August 21 2012 06:53PM

Anton Khudobin
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The Bruins enter 2012-13 season with largely the same roster for the third year in a row. There have been some small tweaks here and there, replacing Tomas Kaberle with Joe Corvo and letting Tyler Seguin grow into Mark Recchi's minutes, but the core has largely remained intact.

With one notable exception.

How critical has Tim Thomas been to their recent success? What should we expect from the team going forwards?

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Nation Radio - August 18, 2012

NationRadio
August 21 2012 07:11AM

 

As the billionaires ready themselves to lock-out the millionaires over a few percentage points of total revenues, we here at Nation Radio nevertheless resolutely march on with continued hockey coverage. It may be mid-August and we may be talking about the same stuff in November because the powers-that-be are having their white collar slap fight, but what the hell...it's why we're all here right?

This week, Allan invited some tried and true guests like Corey Pronman, Jonathan Willis and Corey Graham to talk about Oilers prospects, other high-end kids and summer tournaments.

This is Nation Radio.

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Toronto Maple Leafs 2012-13 annual: The burden of expectation

Cam Charron
August 18 2012 11:20AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs aren't the worst franchise in Toronto—Toronto FC, the Argonauts, the Raptors all deserve parts of the title. I would suggest though that neither sports franchise represents the worst overall product in the city. That would be the streetcars, a totally inefficient use of city space. Streetcars confine themselves to one lane and it's in the middle of the street. During rush hour periods, the streets in downtown Toronto are an awful mess due to the city's reluctance to introduce revolutionary technology such as buses.

And, hey, poll many Torontonians, and if you asked them whether they'd keep the streetcars or the Maple Leafs, most would say the Maple Leafs.

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Montreal Canadiens 2012-13 annual: Les Habitants (du sous-sol)

Cam Charron
August 17 2012 04:26PM

Some may suppose it's appropriate that the Montreal Canadiens were founded the same year they began building the Titanic. Built in the same year were the deck chairs that general manager Pierre Gauthier was shuffling around the deck as the ship began to sank. It's not that Gauthier was purposefully making moves that would ruin the Habs' chances at a playoff spot, but he made a number of questionable decisions in a bleak effort to save face and keep his job.

The butchered heads of failed managers rarely roll, and even when they do, they don't go too far. Gauthier lost his job with the Canadiens and ended up in Chicago as an assistant, while Marc Bergevin, an understudy of the successful Stan Bowman, was hired as Gauthier's replacement in Montreal to oversee hockey's Lower Canadian club.

Funnily enough, things weren't awful for le club hockey last season. Sure, they finished with an Eastern Conference-low 31 wins and 78 points, but that was partially thanks to a league-low 11 wins in 37 one-goal games they played. In games decided by three or more goals, the Habs were 14-12. So what made the difference?

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